Studio 237 Music Lessons: Meet the Teachers


Mary Kate Cary Photo 1Voice: MaryKate Cary is a classically trained vocalist who enjoys teaching voice lessons using a variety of styles including gospel, jazz, theatre, and current pop. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in music along with special studies in music entrepreneurship from Florida State University.  MaryKate is excited and passionate to empower and support each of her students as they develop their voice.

She says, “I have always enjoyed the thrill of singing and performing and I find teaching voice lessons just as rewarding.”  MaryKate loves nurturing, encouraging, and sharing the joyful experience of vocal music within others. Her positive and uplifting personality energizes and refreshes students and those around her!

Since joining our team of teachers at Studio 237 Music Lessons in Santa Rosa Beach, MaryKate provides voice lessons for students of all ages. Her diverse background and experience provides enough knowledge to enable one to improve their vocal ability and sound after a season of personal instruction.  Because of her experience as a gifted performer, she understands the types of training a person will need to develop their voice and stage presence.

To read more about MaryKate go to and call Ray Cyr 850.231.3199 to schedule your appointment for a voice lesson.

Linda Chung PhotoViolin: Linda Chung:  Calling all violin students! We have a violin teacher with 40 years of experience. Linda Chung has joined the 8-member team of music educators at Studio 237 Music. Her formal education is from the University of Southern California where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance. Linda also obtained a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Central Florida which has opened doors for her to teach not only private lessons but also classroom music and a Suzuki string program.  She enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.

As a performer, Linda has been a soloist and concertmaster of several chamber ensembles in Florida and Tennessee. Her vast experience as a performer with several orchestras has greatly added to her violin instruction and enabled her to coach ensembles and soloists for state competitions and orchestral auditions. In addition to private lessons, Linda desires to form group a string program providing performance experience with fellow violinists.  She is highly motivated to bring inspiration, excitement, quality, and passion to our students.

To find out more about lessons with Linda, call Ray Cyr at Studio 237 Music Lessons (850) 231-3199 or visit our website for more info at

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Piano: Helmut Dimmel has recently moved from Germany to Walton County. At the early age of seven, he learned how to play the organ. Due to his rapid progress, his teacher advanced him to classical training piano lessons. Helmut later developed a love for ​​rock-pop music at the age of 17. He now has 29 years of experience as a piano teacher.

Helmut has the unique ability to teach a worship leader/pianist/organist how to accompany different choirs, to be a soloist, and/or train someone to perform in weddings, concerts, and musicals with a band.  Due to his vast experience using the chord method, Helmut can help students develop their ability to play by ear, and identify and play chords, tabs, and patterns. Keyboard improvisation is a fun method to learn. It develops the freedom to be creative, the ability to play in bands, and the option of playing without sheet music.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in social work and education in Germany and many years of teaching private lessons, Helmut has the experience and knowledge needed to effectively educate children, young people, adults, and senior adults to reach their musical goals.

To find out more about Lessons with Helmut, call Ray Cyr at Studio 237 Music Lessons at (850) 231-3199 and visit